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Sutro Fog Zoom Timelapse

July 7, 2011

More fun with the iPhone and 8x zoom lens and yesterday’s fog:

Check out the plane! I saw it coming and rushed to get the gorilla tripod set up, thus the jaunty angle.

My first pass at this was handheld, pretty much a disaster.

But I found a nice video stabilization app called Movie Stiller which did a pretty damn good job smoothing things out.

(Even with the tripod/clamp the wind was shaking the phone quite a bit, so the note that the very first video was also stabilized. You can see the original over at my experimental Tumblr page.)

I tried another pass with today’s higher fog but surprisingly the results were worse – the stabilzer had nothing to lock onto with full fog and it ended up looking like a dogfight from Battlestar Galactica.

(What I really want is to turn one of these onto an animated GIF loop where the fog clears to reveal Sutro, then closes in again. Rinse, lather, repeat.)

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